Introduction to Clinical Research: Guides for UK Medical Students

The General Medical Council requires ‘tomorrow’s doctors’ to be scholars, as well as competent practitioners and professionals (GMC, 2009). Therefore, the ability engage with, appraise and contribute to clinical research remains a critical component of the undergraduate medical education, and beyond.

The NSAMR student committee has written several ‘guides’ to be an aid for medical students developing understanding and skills in clinical research. These guides are hoped to be used as a general introduction and to be of some practical help to medical students when encountering and conducting research.

The following guides are available and freely downloadable:


Interested in writing a guide for medical students?

The following titles are available to be submitted for publication on the NSAMR website:

  • How to write a scientific paper
  • How to write a good case study
  • How to write a CV

Other suggestions for articles are welcomed

If you wish to apply to write a guide please contact us before writing the article. Please state your name, medical school, year of study, as well as the aims for your guide. Both medical students and foundation doctors are welcomed authors.

Please note: the authors hold responsibility for the content of their guides and any error or disagreement should communicated directly to them or via our contact page.

Please do not send any correspondence to the Wellcome Trust.